July 26, 2010

Comparing Jeter’s hit milestone to A-Rod’s home run milestone

The atmosphere at Yankee Stadium over the weekend was nothing compared to 9/11/09 when Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig’s hit record.

Last September, fans waited through an hour-and-a-half rain delay and stood for Jeter’s entire first at-bat. He didn’t break the record the first time, so the fans stood again for his second at-bat. That’s when he broke the record. Some fans chanted his name, some stood the entire inning hoping he’d score.

It was so much better than the atmosphere this weekend for Alex Rodriguez. OK, 600 *tainted* homers may not be as meaningful to the Yankee Universe as the all-time Yankees hit record, but 600 is still 600. Only six players in the history of baseball have reached the plateau. Fifty-four players had more hits than Gehrig before Jeter broke his record.

Still, very few people stood for A-Rod’s at-bats. He only heard “Let’s go A-Rod” chants by the die-hard fans who stuck around for five hours to see his fifth at-bat Sunday.

This weekend showed me just how much more Jeter is loved by the fans than A-Rod is, and how many people will ignore the records A-Rod will eventually set.

As my dad always says, Hank Aaron is still the all-time home run leader, and Roger Maris still holds the single-season record. I have a feeling he’s not alone in that belief.

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